10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There) is a program to help us develop habits to grow a joyful spirit. Many of us sabotage our happiness by habits that we might not even be aware of. Identifying and changing these habits can build a reservoir of well-being to enhance our happy times and sustain us during challenging times.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Book and Other News
Today I’m digressing from my usual type of post to bring you some news. Several readers have asked me for more information about my book, which will be released October 2.
The book has the same title as the blog and, as you can guess, is based on the 10 Steps. It will be available in paperback and ebook. Bookstores might not have it on the shelf, but can order it. (I encourage you to buy from your local independent bookstore!)
All the proceeds from the book will be donated to Edwards Center, a nonprofit serving adults with developmental disabilities, including my two sons who live in one of their group homes and work at one of their sheltered work sites. Edwards Center is an amazing organization providing a wide range of services through their group homes, work sites, and alternative to employment care sites. They run a tight ship financially, meaning that over 90% of every dollar donated goes directly to client care. So buying a copy for yourself and more copies to give as gifts will make a difference to people who will directly benefit from your generosity. I’m covering my own costs, so all proceeds will go to Edwards Center. You can find out more about Edwards Center here.
The gorgeous cover of the book features a painting by my most talented sister. When I started the blog over two years ago, my sister was the first person to encourage me to write a book and promised that if I did, she would design the cover. I’m so fortunate that she is a sister of her word!
Several readers have expressed interest in doing a review. If you would like to, please contact Debbie Jayne at email@example.com and she will get a copy to you in whatever format you prefer.
Debbie is helping me with publicity, and I want to thank her for donating 20% of her fee to Edwards Center. I also want to thank my editor, Kristin Theil from Indigo Editing & Publications, who also donated part of her fee to Edwards Center. Their generosity has made this book project even more rewarding and exciting for me.
As long as we are making announcements, I would like to mention a couple of things that will be starting up in January. The Joy Book Club will be forming online, and in person for folks in the Portland, Oregon, area, to read and discuss books that bring more joy into our lives. Please let me know if you are interested. You can find out more here.
In addition, we will be starting an online group beginning January 1 to study A Course in Miracles. We will be going through the 365 lessons in the workbook together. Please let me know if you are interested. You can find out more about the course here.
Okay, I think that’s it! Thanks for your patience in wading through all this information. I will get back to regular posts next time.
If you have any questions or comments, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessings to you this fine September day!
[Please note that after much trial and error, I managed to put an image on my post today--a first!]
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I am one of the reviewers. I'm about halfway through already!ReplyDelete
Linda, Thank you so much for your support!Delete
So excited for you, Galen! I will look forward to getting a copy.ReplyDelete
Martha, Blessings back to you for your wonderful encouragement and support.Delete
Yes, yes and yes - to buying the book, to reviewing the book and to being part of the on-line group for A Course in Miracles. I will follow your instructions for each.ReplyDelete
Love the image. I'm happy you figured it out and look forward to enjoying more photos in the future.
Congratulations on all the wonderful things that are happening in your life.
Suzanne, Love all those yeses! Will you please email Debbie (I don't think I have your email, or I would do it for you) and request a copy to review? Her email is in the post. And so pleased you want to be part of the ACIM group! Thanks for all your support. I really appreciate it.Delete
This is so amazing! I am for sure going to get a copy! So happy for you!ReplyDelete
Karen, Thank you!Delete
Congratulations in advance Galen!ReplyDelete
I wish you beforehand knowing that it's going to be an awesome read and something most of us would look forward to as well. :)
Donating the proceedings to Edward Center is a very noble cause and a wonderful way of helping those in need. The book cover also looks artistically made and yes, the first picture on your blog makes it all the more colorful. And looking forward to more updates and good news coming January. :)
Thanks for sharing and wishing you all the very best with the book. :)
Harleena, Thank you so much for the kind words. I will also pass your compliment on to my sister. Thanks for commenting.Delete
How wonderful Galen - can't wait to read your book. The Edward's Center sounds amazing and I'm sure will benefit enormously from your donations.ReplyDelete
Elle, EC is truly an amazing organization. I'm happy to help them in whatever way I can. Thanks for commenting and I hope you like the book!Delete
Congratu;ations! I can hardly wait to read your book. Hope you have a great day.ReplyDelete
How lovely Galen. You are a kind and generous woman, not to mention superbly talented. It's wonderful to write something to bring happiness, not only to the readers but to the recipients of the proceeds. I wish you all the success in the world. And, I'll make sure and buy at least one copy.ReplyDelete
Myrna, Thank you so much for your kind words and your support.Delete
Mmmmm! Galen! Did you feel that? I just almost knocked you over with a hug. I've just started reading the book and it is stupendous - I am going to have such a lovely time writing the review. :-) I just can't seem to get the huge grin off my face. I am so touched about the proceeds to the Edwards Center. I will definitely gift some copies. I am so proud to be your friend. The book cover is stunningly beautiful. Thank you for the wonderful gift!ReplyDelete
Love you. Vidya
Vidya, I did feel it! So glad you like the book so far, and I will pass on your compliment to my sister. I'm so grateful for her talent and generosity.Delete
It looks fabulous! Can't wait to dig inside it! I did get a message from your publisher but I have not received a copy yet. I need to follow up with her on that. Your sister did a wonderful job portraying the happiness of nature and gardening, those little pockets in nature where were always find ourselves. Very warm. Love it!ReplyDelete
Nicole, I sent a message to the publicist to make sure you get your copy right away. Thanks for letting me know that you are waiting. And I will pass your compliment on to my sister. Thanks!Delete
What can I say that hasn't been said already. A very congradulations on your book. It is such a worthy cause and desparately needed. I used to work in substance abuse/mental illness, but now I work with children. Being a social worker I know first hand how gravely services are needed. I would love to sign up for your book club. YAHOO!! Tremendous book cover. Your sister is sooooooooo talented. Thanx for the information. Cheers!!ReplyDelete
bobby, Yes, my sister is indeed talented beyond words. I'm glad you have a special awareness of the need for care and services to this population. Once kids are out of the school system, they still need services! Thanks for your support.Delete
I am so excited about your new book and I can't wait to read it. You are amazing. The Edwards Center must be an outstanding organization. I think it is awesome that you are giving your proceeds to them for their great work. It is so wonderful to have a safe place for your sons to grow and learn.ReplyDelete
Blessings to you!
LeAnn, Thank you for the kinds words and the support. EC is indeed a wonderful organization and I'm pleased to be able to help them. I know my sons are in good hands with them. Thanks for commenting.Delete
What great news...so excited for you!!ReplyDelete
Thank you for writing this book Galen! I can't wait to read and review:) My review of course will be the first review I'll be doing and of course unique:)ReplyDelete
Vishnu, You are unique yourself, so I'm sure the review will be, too. Thank you so much for your support.Delete
Will there be a kindle version of your book? Can't wait to read it in any version.
Riley, Yes, the book will be available on Kindle and Nook. Thanks for your support.Delete
How neat is this! All your good writing in one volume - I am loving thisReplyDelete
Patricia, Thank you!Delete
Congrats on your book, Galen! I will look forward to reading it!! Love the cover as well.ReplyDelete
Cathy, Thanks for your support. I love the cover, too! My sister is so talented. If you came to my house, you would see many of her paintings!Delete
Galen -- been getting caught up on your posts from the past week or two. Love the cover art on your book! Just added it to my reading list for this fall -- which is now the first two books of Dante's Divine Comedy, a book on mindfulness by a nun in Boston and yours. Looking forward to it!ReplyDelete
Stephen, My book will be in interesting company! (What's the title of the book by the nun? I might want to put that on my reading list, too.) Thanks for your support, and I agree about the cover. My sister is amazing.Delete
Congrats! This is awesome! I wrote Debbie about doing a review! We'll talk soon!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jodi. I so appreciate your support!Delete
congrats on your book! Wow!ReplyDelete
The Edwards Center sounds amazing.
Annmarie, It is truly amazing. Thanks!Delete
Just found out about your book and blog today! Looking forward to reading both, and I want to join you in ACIM in January.ReplyDelete
Welcome, Linda! I would love for you to join the ACIM group. Your name, however, does not link back to a blog or any way for me to reach you. It just goes to your profile with no contact info. So please get in contact so I will know how to reach you. Please email me at email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you.Delete